During your undergraduate degree you should have gained experience of a range of study skills, such as academic writing, critical thinking, presentations etc. Postgraduate study requires that you develop these skills further, as the higher level of study will bring more demands and expectations from your tutors.

You will also be expected to consult a wider range of academic material to support your work. To reflect this you are allowed to borrow up to fifteen items from the university library (as opposed to ten for undergraduates) and we would recommend that you take advantage of schemes such as Sconul Access and the library’s Inter-Library Loans service .

Many students have a break between undergraduate and postgraduate study and you may find that some aspects of studying such as referencing and using databases, have changed since you did your undergraduate course. If this is the case, browse through the sections where you need to refresh your skills and speak to a member of staff if you need any further assistance.

Watch the video below for some tips about post-graduate study:

Transcript of tips for post-graduate study [DOC]


The Library stocks several texts on study skills for postgraduate study, see some of the selected titles below.

By David Williams
By Martin Davies
By Sheila Cameron
By Debbie Casey

Once you have graduated you are eligible to join the University's Alumni and Friends Association. Register to join and enjoy the benifits offered. Please note that access to electronic resources is not included in the membership.